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Drawing Supplies

Browse the varied selection of drawing supplies available at Staples® to find the right tools for creating sketches. The right set of drawing implements to get depends on the user's skill level. While beginners and school-age kids only require basic tools, professionals need more precise and versatile art supplies in their drawing kits.

Essential Accessories to Get When Shopping for Drawing Supplies
The four essential drawing tools for budding artists are pencil, paper, pencil sharpener, and eraser. Regular pencils have solid cores made of graphite and charcoal. They are available in different hardness levels, with each producing lines of unique thickness and intensity. Manufacturers classify drawing pencils with an HB scale and a numerical scale. The number and H designation of a pencil describe the hardness of its graphite core. The harder the implement, the lighter it draws. B expresses the blackness of a pencil mark. Soft drawing pencils have markings ranging from B to 8B while hard ones bear HB to 5H.

There are three features artists have to look for when comparing drawing paper. These are texture, weight, and durability. Sketchbooks with a smooth texture are best for soft pencils. Choose acid-free sketch paper to make drawings last longer. For erasers, look for one that's soft and smooth. It should remove lines cleanly, leave little to no residue, and preserve the surface of drawing paper.

Choose an Artist Set for a Complete Collection of Drawing Supplies
Drawing sets contain all the supplies needed by most artists. These sets usually have multiple pencils and erasers. They may also include additional drawing implements like sketching pens and blending stumps. Pick a set of graphite pencils of different grades ranging from B (softest) to 5H (hardest). Mechanical pencils allow users to make small sketches and draw fine details. In addition to the grades of their lead cores, artists also consider tip fineness when selecting mechanical pencils. To do color drawings, consider a set of crayons, colored pencils, and markers, and/or chalk pastels.

What Charcoal Drawing Supplies Do Artists Need?
Charcoal is excellent for figure drawing and is available as stick, pencil, and in powder form. Charcoal pencils are for drawing fine details while the stick form is best for broad strokes and sketching on large canvases. There are three types of drawing charcoal. Willow charcoal is hard and brittle and puts down light lines that are easy to blend and rub off. Compressed charcoal draws thick lines and is suitable for shading but is difficult to erase or blend. Vine charcoal offers a good balance between willow and compressed varieties.

What Should You Look for in Art Pens When Shopping for Drawing Supplies?
Tips and ink types are important features to note when comparing drawing pens. Besides color, also consider the quality, opacity, flow, and drying speeds of the inks. The best drawing pens use quick-drying, fade-resistant, and waterproof archival inks.

Should Artists Get Specialty Paper When Ordering Drawing Supplies?
Yes and no. Any type of paper can serve as drawing paper. However, it is best to use the right paper for each drawing tool. For example, graphite and charcoal pencils sketch better on thick and coarse paper. Look for a sketchbook filled with smooth pages when drawing with pens, crayons, and markers.
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Crayola® Creativity Tub
Item : 573999
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  • Over 80 different items. Crayons, chalk, colored pencils, construction paper and more!
  • Clear, durable container provides storage and easy clean up when play time is over
  • Easy Clean Up, includes Washable paints and markers
17.89 $17.89
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Crayola®Ultimate Art Supply Kit
Item : 587603
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  • Includes 8 markers, 24 crayons, 12 colored pencils, 8 washable watercolors, paint brush, scissor, washable glue and 30 colored sheets of paper
  • All in one portable art studio and easel
  • Easy storage & portability
11.99 $11.99
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Melissa & Doug® Scratch Art® Deluxe Combo Set
Item : 919458
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  • Stencil with over 30 amazing shapes
  • 3 show-off easel frames
  • Medium and fine point stylus, 1 frame, instructions
12.59 $12.59
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Fiber tip pen duo-colour JB 36pcs
Item : 2417939
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  • 36 assorted fashion colors
  • fiber tips
  • .5MM- 3.0 tips
12.99 $12.99
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Royal Brush Royal & Langnickel Essential Artist Pack, Drawing (RD813)
Item : 2075547
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  • Contains essential pieces: drawing pad, pencils, sharpener
  • Model #: RD813
  • Brand: Royal Brush
7.99 $7.99
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Sakura® 0.45 mm 6 Piece Pigma Micron Pen Set, Spia
Item : 300221
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  • 0.45 mm
  • It is fade proof against sunlight or UV light
  • Pigment in the ink remains colorful and will not spread when applied
13.89 $13.89
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Crayola 20ct Detailing Gel Pens
Item : 2726514
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  • Add vibrant details to your artwork, adult coloring, and calligraphy lettering projects
  • Combination of metallic and glitter gel inks are perfect for adding flourishes and accents
  • Smooth laydown doesn’t skip or streak
19.99 $19.99
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Crayola® Portfolio Series Oil Pastels
Item : 931876
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  • Color: Assorted
  • Bright primary and secondary colors blend in to a broader, more advanced palette
  • Can be used with water
15.99 $15.99
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Royal Brush Artist Set For Beginners, Sketching & Drawing
Item : 943307
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  • Everything the beginner artist needs to get started with oil painting
  • Contains (6) Essentials Graphite Pencils, (12) Essentials Graphite Colored Pencils, (3) Charcoal Pencils, (1) sketching/drawing paper pad, (3) blending stumps, (1) manikin, (1) sandpaper block, (1) pencil eraser, (1) sharpener, (1) 6-inch ruler, and (1) instruction booklet
  • All the supplies come neatly in a handy wooden storage box with handle measures (13" x 6.25" x 2")
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LANG Colored Pencils - Set of 12 (1200001)
Item : 2632683
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  • Set of 12 bivrant colored pencils
  • Premium quality
  • Soft lead pencils with smooth color laydown offer superior blending and shading
9.99 $9.99
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Premier Box Set
Item : SS2035321
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  • Set Contents: One sketching set
  • Includes four vine charcoal, six sketching sticks, six charcoal sticks, twelve compressed color sticks, twelve graphite pencils, three charcoal pencils, two blending stumps, one sandpaper block, one kneadable eraser, one white eraser, and pencil sharpener
  • Conforms to EN71 and ASTM D4236
As low as 40.79 $40.79
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Sakura Pigma Micron All Black 8 Piece Pen Set
Item : 940795
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  • Archival quality ink is waterproof, chemical resistant and fade resistant
  • Ink will not bleed and is quick drying
  • Black Ink
17.49 $17.49
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Sakura® 0.25 mm 6 Piece Pigma Micron Pen Set
Item : 302999
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  • 0.25 mm tip
  • Suitable for acid free environments, archival, and pH neutral
  • Archival quality ink
13.89 $13.89
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US Toy Company Mini Crayons/4-Bx (3 Packs Of 144)( USTYC0848)
Item : 2598006
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  • Product Type : Mini Crayons
  • Design : Standard
  • Made from high quality material
65.29 $65.29
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Crayola 16ct Brush & Detail Dual Ended Markers - Brush Tip/Ultra Fine Tip
Item : 2730107
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  • Dual-tip markers provide great creative versatility in any art project.
  • Combination of brush tips and ultra fine tips double creativity with variable lay downs.
  • 16 Dual-ended markers: Brush Tip / Ultra Fine Tip
14.99 $14.99
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Sakura Pigma Micron black 05 (0.45 mm) [Pack of 6]
Item : 1717294
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  • Fine point writing instruments
  • Waterproof
  • Fade-proof, and smudge-proof on porous surfaces
16.19 $16.19
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Sakura Pigma Micron black 005 (0.20 mm) [Pack of 6]
Item : 1717293
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  • Fine point writing instruments
  • Waterproof
  • Fade-proof, and smudge-proof on porous surfaces
16.19 $16.19
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Crayola 24ct Blend & Shade Colored Pencils with Tin
Item : 2732886
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  • Premium pencils provide velvety smooth laydown and vibrant colors
  • Perfect for shading and blending
  • 24 highly pigmented colors lay down brilliantly on light or dark paper
19.99 $19.99
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Sakura® 0.2 mm 6 Piece Pigma Micron Pen Set
Item : 300220
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  • 0.2 mm tip
  • Black, red, blue, green, brown, purple
  • Suitable for acid free environments, archival quality, and pH neutral
13.99 $13.99
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Royal Brush® Watercolor Pencil Art Set
Item : 301628
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  • Kit are of the highest quality as with all royal brush and langnickel art supplies
  • Conforms to ASTM D 4236
  • Includes one sharpener, one kneadable eraser, one sandpaper block, eight watercolor cakes, one taklon brush, eight watercolor pencils
12.19 $12.19
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Holiday Smencil 5-Packs - 3 Sets of Scented Holiday Pencils
Item : 24154072
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  • You will receive 3 5-Packs for a total of 15 Smencils
  • Smencils are made from 100% recycled newspapers
  • Scents are guaranteed to last for 2 years
19.99 $19.99
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Crayola Inspiration Art Set, 150 Pieces
Item : 203591
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  • Recommended for ages 8 and up
  • Durable Storage Case makes for easy clean up and storage
  • A fashionable organized storage case keeps art supplies organized
18.99 $18.99
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Timeless Creations 24ct Gel Pens
Item : 2363904
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  • Perfect for Coloring Books & Posters; Paint Like Effects
  • Use with TC Coloring Books
  • Premium Artist Quality
14.99 $14.99
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Studio Series Professional Alcohol Markers (Dual-Tip, 24 colors)
Item : 2381100
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  • Dual tips: fine and brush, for detail work and broad-area coverage.
  • Super blendable, both before and after ink dries.
  • Optimal ink flow for even saturation.
19.5 $19.50
24/pack